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The Influence of Demographics on the Video Game Industry

Logic Simplified

Demographics have changed the nature of gaming over the course of time and the industry has evolved above gender, age, and other demographics. Today people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds play and enjoy video games, while their preferences and consumption habits may vary. Needless to say, Demographics like age, race, ethnicity, gender, income, education, and employment provide valuable insights that guide game development companies during the process of creating, marketing, and maintaining

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FTC files complaint against Microsoft for recent Xbox layoffs

Game Developer

Microsoft's large layoffs have drawn the attention (and ire) of the FTC, which has been against its Activision Blizzard merger from the start.

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She Got Game on cultivating a thriving environment for female game developers

PreMortem.Games

“As I travel across Africa creating games, there’s something everyone seems to agree on…” says Bethlehem Anteneh , a trained architect, co-founder of SOSTLab and the moderator of the She Got Game panel at Africa Games Week (AGW). “Think of a bar where 90% of the people are men. Usually the idea is they have great beer but the presence of few women means that the interior is a little wanting.

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The "live service" model is all played out | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

We all have a pretty intuitive understanding of the anatomy of a trend in game design. A very successful title is followed by a wave of games which copy key aspects of its design – some taking inspiration while innovating successfully on the formula, others rather more shamelessly seeking to cash in by copying anything that's not nailed down (or protected by intellectual copyright law).

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I accidentally Blender VSE

The Astronauts

Two months ago I started to contribute a bit of code to Blender’s Video Sequence Editor (VSE). Did you know that Blender has a suite of video editing tools? Yeah, me neither :) Even the feature page for it on the website looks… a bit empty lol. Do I know anything at all about video editing, timelines, sequencers, color grading, ffmpeg, audio mixing and so on?

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IGN workers unionizing to fight for better wages and job stability

Game Developer

A majority of editorial and creative employees at IGN are unionizing to secure better pay, protections from layoffs, and "measurable steps" to increase staff diversity.

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Will Xbox publishing on rival consoles spark a Revolution? | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Do you remember the codename for the Wii? It was called project 'Revolution', which was a surprising moment of hubris for a company that had been soundly defeated (again) by PlayStation. Not only had Sony trounced sales of Nintendo's console for a second consecutive generation, but it had also extended its lead and Nintendo had fallen further behind.

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Disney Make $1.5B Investment in Epic Games

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Disney Make $1.5B Investment in Epic Games Disney have just announced they are making a $1.5 Billion dollar investment in Epic Games and announced a massive partnership in both Fortnite and Unreal Engine usage. This is not the first major company to take an investment stake in Epic Games with Sony making a $250M investment back in […] The post Disney Make $1.5B Investment in Epic Games appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Disney is dropping a cool $1.5 billion to invest in Epic Games

Game Developer

Disney has announced it's acquiring a massive $1.5 billion equity stake in Epic Games. It also plans to collaborate on an "all-new games and entertainment universe" with the Fortnite developer.

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Top Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) Sessions at NVIDIA GTC 2024 Sessions

Nvidia

Join us in-person or virtually and learn about the power of RAG with insights and best practices from experts at NVIDIA, visionary CEOs, data scientists, and. Join us in-person or virtually and learn about the power of RAG with insights and best practices from experts at NVIDIA, visionary CEOs, data scientists, and others.

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European video game sales dip by over 7% in January | European Monthly Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

12.14 million video games were sold across European markets, a drop of 7.3% over the same period the year before, GSD data reveals. The data covers all physical game sales and digital game sales from most major games publishers (Nintendo is the notable absentee). EA Sports FC 24 was comfortably the No.1 game, with January unit sales that are almost identical to what FIFA 23 managed during the same period in 2023.

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Visual Studio Code January Update

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Visual Studio Code January Update The Visual Studio Code team have just released the somewhat oddly named January Update and it expands on one of the greatest new features of the recent (also oddly named) November update. That release gave Visual Studio Code the long awaited ability to break off code tabs to their own … Visual Studio Code January Update Read More The post Visual Studio Code January Update appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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More layoffs at Visual Concepts Austin after 2K cuts "several" jobs

Game Developer

"The games industry bloodletting continues. Today, Visual Concepts Austin laid off myself and a group of very talented developers.

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How AI is Disrupting the Video Game Industry?

Juego Studio

The world of video game development is fast-paced and ever-evolving. It welcomes new technology, adopting them rapidly every day. One of the latest and revolutionizing technologies that has paved its way into the industry is artificial intelligence.

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IGN workers unionizing

GamesIndustry.biz

A group of more than 80 IGN employees are headed for unionization, as the newly formed IGN Creators Guild today announced that more than 85% of the eligible members of that group have signed union authorization cards. The group is unionizing with the NewsGuild-CWA, and has said it expects IGN parent Ziff-Davis to voluntarily recognize the union, much as it voluntarily recognized its workers at Mashable and PCMag when they formed the Ziff Davis Creators Guild in 2018.

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Blood & Chaos Private Playtest

Indie DB

Embark on an exclusive journey into the core of Blood & Chaos. This private playtest, starting in February, will focus on refining the thrilling dungeon crawling aspects of the game.

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Backrooms, Liminal Spaces, And The Subliminal Menace Of Loneliness in Indie Horror Games

Game Developer

The other day I was told that my writing is appreciated and that I need to write more… so I’m taking a moment to write about a rabbit hole that I’ve fallen down since working on BlueSuburbia!

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Implementation of Zero-trust Architectures for Applications

Rocket Brush Studio

Explore the cutting-edge approach of Zero Trust Architecture, addressing digital threats with continuous verification, least privilege access, and micro-segmentation. ZTA enhances security by navigating challenges like complexity and resource demands.

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FTC claims Microsoft contradicted Activision acquisition following mass layoffs

GamesIndustry.biz

The Federal Trade Commission has claimed that Microsoft contradicted its intentions during its acquisition of Activision Blizzard when it laid off 1,900 employees from its games division in January. On Wednesday, FTC lawyer Imad Abyad argued in a letter filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Microsoft said it intended its acquisition of Activision to "operate as a limited-integration studio.

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Marble Champions demo out now

Indie DB

Roll your way through intricate tracks, overcome obstacles, and rely on your skills to triumph over your rivals. Climb divisions, enter tournaments, collect marbles and compete in daily time trials to become the Marble Champion.

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Hidden Path makes layoffs and pauses development on unnamed RPG

Game Developer

"In the face of a challenging environment, we now have no choice but to pause development on that project and reduce the company size.

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Stride 4.2 Released

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Stride 4.2 Released The open source C# powered game engine Stride just released version 4.2. The first major release since Stride 4.1 all the way back in August of 2022. There are several new features in Stride 4.2, but the highlight features are no doubt the support for.NET 8 and C# 12, […] The post Stride 4.2 Released appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Disney invests $1.5bn in Epic Games and announces major Fortnite partnership

GamesIndustry.biz

The Walt Disney Company has invested $1.5 billion to acquire an equity stake in Epic Games, and has announced plans for a major collaboration with Fortnite. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney is the controlling shareholder of Epic and "will continue to maintain control of the board following the close of this transaction", Epic told GamesIndustry.biz. Disney and Epic described the project as a 'open, persistent, social universe'.

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Spookville: Cabin Escape

Indie DB

We have been hard at work the past few months revamping our combat system, implementing new AI behaviors and a health system, and completely changing the environment to a more open-world landscape.

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Laralyn McWilliams, game designer, passes away at 58

Game Developer

During her 30-year career in games, McWilliams worked on a number of games such as Gears of War 4, Free Realms, and Deal or No Deal.

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Humble Sound FX and Music Bundle for Godot, Unity and Unreal

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Humble Sound FX and Music Bundle for Godot, Unity and Unreal There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to game developers, the Melodic Mayhem A Comprehensive Audio and Music Bundle is a collection of Sound FX and Music assets specifically designed for games. These assets are from Ovani and include plugins for Godot, Unreal and Unity that enable you to […] The post Humble Sound FX and Music Bundle for Godot, Unity and Unreal appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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"Make yourself undeniable" ? Black Voices Progress Report

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox This interview is part of GamesIndustry.biz's Black Voices Progress Report, offering insight into the different experiences Black professionals have in the games sector. You can read more about the project and check the other entries on this page. It's no small feat to stay in the industry for 14 years, especially not as a Black developer but Del Walker, currently senior artist at Naughty Dog, has achieved it, building

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Building the first NFL-licensed VR football franchise with Unity

Unity Blog

Guest blogger StatusPRO takes us behind the scenes of VR gaming with NFL PRO ERA, the first NFL-licensed VR football game.

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SAG-AFTRA launches new contract tiers for indie devs

Game Developer

Under this specific agreement, indie studios can now work with union performers, provided they meet the right budget requirements.

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Unreal February 2024 Asset Giveaway

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unreal February 2024 Asset Giveaway It is time for the first Epic Games Unreal Engine asset giveaway for February 2024. The first Tuesday of every month Epic Games give away a number of Unreal Engines from the UE Asset Marketplace and February is no exception. This month we have 5 “Free for the Month” assets, […] The post Unreal February 2024 Asset Giveaway appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Finding power in language with Chants of Sennaar

GamesIndustry.biz

2023 was a year brimming with remarkable indie games that left an indelible mark in many players' lives, not to mention wallets. With the market competition higher than ever, it‘s unclear how many brilliant titles don't even reach the public surface - as is always the case. One that did break through, however, was Chants of Sennaar, a love letter to communication and one of the most original games of last year's harvest.

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Creepypasta Land

Indie DB

The absolute version of Creepypasta Land that everyone should play instead of the original (Status : Half-Day 2)

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor wins Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games at the Grammys

Game Developer

Composers Gordy Haab and Stephen Barton were celebrated alongside Taylor Swift, Victoria Monet, and Miley Cyrus at last night's ceremony.

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Game Development Salary Survey

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Game Development Salary Survey The fine folks over at 80.lv have just released their Behind the Screens: The Salary Stats in Game for 2023. This survey polls developers from around the globe about income and living standards in various fields of game development. The results are available summarized in PDF format as well as […] The post Game Development Salary Survey appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.